Wild Florida Photo - Callicarpa americana

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Callicarpa americana

AMERICAN BEAUTYBERRY

FRENCH MULBERRY

BEAUTYBUSH

Florida native

 

A common shrub of flatwoods, hammocks and along wooded road edges throughout all of Florida, including the keys. The range extends throughout the southeast, west into Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, and north into Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland.
This multibranched deciduous shrub displays distinctive clusters of magenta to deep purple berries in the leaf axils from late summer through fall. Growing to 2 m (6-1/2 ft.) tall with clusters of small pinkish flowers in the leaf axils from late spring into summer. Leaves are opposite, simple, ovate, with crenate to serrate margins from below the midpoint to the tip. The leaves are aromatic when bruised. Both surfaces of young leaves, and the lower surface of older leaves are covered with star-shaped hairs.
Beautyberry makes an excellent landscape plant as it is tolerant of many conditions and transplants well. The abundant fruit is attractive to wildlife, especially birds.

 
Callicarpa americana is a member of the Verbenaceae - Verbena family.